Assignments:

Locate your current location or your home town and find the approximate latitude and longitude.

Report this location in words (such as Atlanta, Georgia or a ship in the North Sea) along with the latitude and longitude.

Look for the point where you would be most surrounded by water.

Give the approximate latitude and longitude and a verbal description of the place. If you are using a map rather than a globe, try to compensate for the distortion of areas at high latitudes when you pick your point. Tell whether you used a globe or map, and if a map, what its projection was (such as Mercator, Miller, etc.).

Look for the point where you would be most surrounded by land. Give the same type of information.

Compare the land versus ocean area in the northern and southern hemispheres and discuss what you observe.
Imagine you are going to fly over the continents by the most direct route. What are the most distant points between which you could fly? Discuss the path you would take.
Imagine you are on a ship traveling the ocean by the most direct route.

What are the most distant points between which you could sail?

Discuss the path you would take and/or other things you learn from working on this.

How far apart are these points in flying distance?

Compare three types of convergent plate boundaries (oceanicoceanicoceanic-continental, and continental-continental) and describe what happens at each with specific geographic examples.

How are ocean depths related to plate tectonic processes? Be sure to include divergent boundaries, convergent boundaries and abyssal plains in your answer.

Describe the major ocean surface current patterns and discuss what produces these patterns. (1 page)

Compare and contrast the following types of waves: swells, breaking surf, and tsunami. Be sure to include water depth, wavelength, wave speed, and causes. (1 page)

Discuss how the tides in a bay depend on its location in the ocean. (1 page)

Compare and contrast depositional and erosional coasts in terms of surface features, plate tectonic settings, and active processes. Include specific examples. (1 page)

Discuss the differences in capabilities necessary for survival of marine organisms (larger than plankton) in the pelagic zone versus the benthic zone. (1 page)